Post game quotes: Dec. 28 at Illinois
Dec. 28, 2010
Head Coach Joanne Boyle
"I am happy to come out with a win. We finally win a game on the road. I went in and asked the team what they thought of the game. They are right on target. They understand the breakdowns we are having. They understand that we have a ten point lead and we are not pushing it. We're playing to not lose the game. Things that under our control. At the end and they are pressing and who is taking the ball out of bounds. Calling timeouts and then not doing what we asked. I think they understand where we are falling short and they know they have to become a more disciplined, mentally-tough team. Until they decide they can do that, we are going to be in this kind of lucky to win one situation. I always tell them it is not our talent. I think we are very talented. I just think the mental toughness, the attention to detail, those kinds of things are inhibiting us from being a better team right now."
On closing out the first half on a 10-0 run
"I think our defense really locked down. I think we did a really good job on the boards tonight. That has been a strength of ours and I think we did a really good job with that. We did a better job in the first half just sort of closing it out and going into the locker room with more of a lead. They just started attacking us in the second half and we got back on our heels and didn't do the things we need to do."
On the three pointer late in the game by Lindsay Sherbert
"Dee was really patient. We ran a quick hitter to Dee. And they were really clogging her. She could have gone up and put up a wild shot, but she was really patient and she just kept looking. Sherb got a really nice look and just knocked down it. That extended us to a five point lead, and that gave us a little bit of breathing room. That was huge for us."
On the upcoming game against Stanford
"I know things that we are going to have to do against Stanford that we didn't do tonight to give ourselves a shot at that game. They are going to have to be dialed in in a much better way. We are at home, finally. We have been on the road for so long. Hopefully being at home in front of our fans and being in our own bed and playing on our floor will give us a little bit more energy. We need some producation out of some other people, too. It's tough to go on the road and play with five and six kids. Rama really wasn't in a groove tonight and that leaves us with two post players and that hurts us. So we have to be in a better way with some of that. And the stuff we wanted to do tonight, pressure and pressing, we're just too lackadaisical. We're going to need to be better against Stanford."
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth
"The game was an ugly game. We came out ready to play at the ten minute mark of the first half. We played really good as a team. And then I think we sort of settled in the second half and that really hurt us. That's what made it a close game. We are learning how to fight through stuff and just go from a 10 point lead to a 20 point lead. That is what comes with growth."
"The first half, I was feelin' it. The second half, I kind of got in my own little world. I hate when I do that. I need to learn personally how to focus for a full forty minutes. I am still trying to learn that throughout this season."
On what it took to win the game down the stretch
"Free throws. We hit our free throws. We just stayed together the last three minutes of the game. Coach made some real good calls and we executed pretty well."
Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert
On hitting a key three pointer in the final minutes that sealed the game for Cal
"Dee kicked it out. I was like 'it's gotta fly'! I was excited when it went in. I knew we were only up two, so when I hit that I was like 'Ok. Here we go'. It was a momentum changer and it got us going and we were able to pull it off."
On her strong start to the game
"I felt good in warm ups and had a lot of energy. I wanted to attack the basket. I wanted to mix up my game. I feel like I have only been shooting threes lately. So I wanted to mix it up and make things happen."